Lights, camera, action for Chris

A FILM degree student will work with industry professionals after winning a training place as a director with the prestigious National Youth Film Academy (NYFA).

Chris Bevan, 22, on the third year of the University of Derby’s BA (Hons) Film and Video Production degree course, will spend two weeks in early April directing his own short film, shot with the help of seasoned film-makers, at the NYFA’s base in Manchester.

Chris was given just a minute to pitch a film idea to an expert panel to be selected for one of only 12 NYFA director training places. In total 3,000 people applied for just 200 training places.

Chris, said: “I’m one of only four directors chosen in the northern half of England to attend the course in Manchester. I’ll be making a short film and learning from industry professionals for the first two weeks of April. The course is supported by BFI Future Film and I’m hoping it will do some great things for me career-wise.”

He is currently fundraising to support his place on the not for profit company’s NYFA course.

To see examples of Chris’s work visit the website for his production company, YSP Media, at website